a belt or girth that passes around the belly of a horse and over the blanket, pack, saddle, etc., and is buckled on the horse's back.
a beltlike fastening for a garment, especially a cassock.

1350–1400; Middle English surcengle < Middle French, equivalent to sur- sur-1 + cengle belt < Latin cingulum; see cingulum Unabridged
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surcingle (ˈsɜːˌsɪŋɡəl)
1.  a girth for a horse which goes around the body, used esp with a racing saddle
2.  the belt worn with a cassock
3.  to put a surcingle on or over (a horse)
[C14: from Old French surcengle, from sur- over + cengle a belt, from Latin cingulum]

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Word Origin & History

"a girth for a horse," late 14c., from O.Fr. surcengle, from sur- "over" + cengle "a girdle," from L. cingulum "girth" (see cinch).
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Example sentences
Isotope will be infused using a cordless infusion pump secured to a surcingle.
Made of domestic leather, this surcingle adjusts three ways to fit large horses to ponies.
One of the two year-olds refused to quit the car until a surcingle with ropes attached was fastened around its body.
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